CyberSafe Parent: Video game dangers: Chat rooms

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Playing video games has become a regular event in our house.

When my youngest son isn't playing Minecraft, his big brother lets him play on his PS4 console.

In this particular game, Fortnite, he plays against others from across the world.

It doesn't have a chat mode, and that's how we like it.

"There's a social feature on those games that allows them to chat with other players and these are 8, 9, 10-year-olds," said Sergeant Jasno Ledbetter, who leads the Colorado Springs Police Department's Crimes Against Children Unit.

He encourages parents to always monitor their children's gaming time because you never know where a predator is lurking.

"They see that as a way in to talk with children," Ledbetter said. "They talk with them for a little bit, and they get them on to a different platform for communicating."

The Playstation has controls where you can shut the chat mode off. We do this in our house when our 12-year-old plays. When his big brother plays, he prefers it on.

He admits, every now and then, there are some strange conversations he overhears. So when he has the chat mode on, he also has headphones on.

Experts also suggest limiting your child's time on the video game console.





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